Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Baby gorilla due at Melbourne Zoo

Baby gorilla due at Melbourne Zoo
July 27, 2014

Victorians will soon be welcoming the first baby gorilla to the Melbourne Zoo family in 14 years.

Western Lowland Gorilla Kimya is expected to give birth to her first baby in 2015.

Keepers are optimistic the pregnancy and birth will go well as the first-time mum has watched and helped a number of her siblings as they grow up.

Melbourne Zoo Primate Precinct Manager Harna Burton told AAP "we're all really excited.”

Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith added "if all goes according to plan during the nine month pregnancy, Kimya is set to give birth around March next year.

"It is encouraging that supporting Kimya's pregnancy are Melbourne Zoo's veterinarians, curator and keepers who are world-leading experts in gorillas.

“It is still early days in her pregnancy, so we are cautiously optimistic about her progress and the Melbourne Zoo team are providing the best care to help her through this special time.”

The Victorian Government allows free entry to Zoos Victoria attractions on weekends, public and school holidays.

In July last year, Silverback Gorilla Rigo died of a heart attack at the Zoo.

Click here for more information on Melbourne Zoo's gorillas.



Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks


Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks



Email for trade enquiries:  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness


Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness


Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism



BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business